Morris Hill Cemetery
Boise, ID 83706 ( map)
For well over 100 years, Morris Hill
Cemetery has functioned as a final resting place for Boise
residents. It has also served as a repository of the city's history
and as a reflection of the growth and development of Boise, Idaho
and the West. You will be asked to look at cemetery markers not
simply as mute stones but as works of art and as commentaries on
our society. You will learn about the men, women, and children who
lived and died in Boise and about the city which they helped build.
In short, you will take a brief journey into our past and we hope
will emerge with a greater appreciation for our history and a
reverence for those who made it.
Although the individuals mentioned here are important to Idaho's
history, so too are thousands of others not mentioned. Idaho's
history is the cumulative result of the efforts and deeds of those
who pioneered, homesteaded, and worked hard to build what we now
enjoy. This reminds us that people from all backgrounds are the
source of our heritage and the actors in the historical pageant
that is Idaho and the West.
Please remember that Morris Hill Cemetery is fully operational
and if you encounter a funeral in progress, bypass that area and
visit another. Take care not to litter and to leave all plants and
memorial items intact. Your assistance in maintaining the dignity
of the grounds is appreciated.
Annie "Peg Leg" Morrow (Idaho Pioneer
Bert Henry Miller (Senator)
Charles Ostner (Idaho's Pioneer Artist)
Col. John Green (Medal of Honor
Cpl. Dan D. Schoonover (Medal of Honor
C.W. Moore / Laura M. Cunningham (Founder,
Idaho First National Bank)
Frank Forrester Church (Senator)
James Jesus Angleton (Director of
James Henry Hawley (Governor)
John Michiner Haines (Governor)
John Jurko (Hung for Murder)
John Lynn Driscoll (President, First
John Tracy Morrison (Governor)
Joseph Albertson (Founder, Albertsons
J.R. "Jack" Simplot (Founder, J.R. Simplot
Harry W. Morrison / Morris Hans Knudsen
(Founders, Morrison-Knudsen Co.)
Harry Orchard (Killed Idaho Governor Frank
Moses Alexander (Governor)
Reginald Owen (Actor)
William Edgar Borah (Senator)
Burial Date: July 9, 1926
Location: Section G-309-1
From Twin Falls, he was buried at Morris Hill after being hung
for murder in July of 1926. His attorneys tried unsuccessfully to
have his sentence commuted to life imprisonment using the defense
of "he was mentally unstable due to being kicked in the head by a
mule when he was younger". In a dispute over his wife's honor,
Jurko shot and killed his mine claim partner, E. B. W. Vandermark,
in his pool hall.
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SENATOR WILLIAM EDGAR BORAH
Burial Date: Jan 25, 1940
Location: Section Borah-1-1
began practicing law in Boise in the fall of 1890, a few months
after Idaho was admitted into the Union. An easy speaker and a
favorite of the press, Borah quickly became a leader of the
Progressive movement after being elected to the US Senate in 1907.
The movement fought for political, social and economic reform.
Their agenda included worker safety and an eight hour workday.
Early in his career, he fought effectively for the direct election
of senators, a graduated income tax and Prohibition. In the 1920's
he became the unparalleled leader of the Progressives and Chairman
of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He voted against
protective tariffs believing that they would hurt farmers more than
help them and argued strenuously for recognition of the Soviet
Union and non-intervention in other countries.
The "Lion of Idaho" died at the age of 74. He was married to
Mary McConnell, daughter of a former governor of Idaho.
JOHN LYNN DRISCOLL
Burial Date: March 12, 1977
Location: Section M-175-4
First Security Bank of Idaho
With wise planning and the bold use of red and black paint, J. Lynn
Driscoll prevented a panic from shutting down the last bank in
Boise. In August 1932, two of the capitals three banks had closed
their doors-Boise City National and First National Bank of Idaho.
That left First Security Bank, managed by Driscoll. As lines formed
Wednesday morning, August 31st, he was ready for the run. He had
ordered one million dollars in extra currency from the Federal
Reserve Bank in Salt Lake City. His tellers were told to pay all
comers, but not to act in too hasty a manner. He had intended for
the bank to close at noon in support of the Western Idaho Fair but
early that morning, he reversed his decision. He and his employees
prepared to work until midnight and engaged a sign painter to paint
a sign saying "For the benefit of our patrons This Bank Will Be
OPEN UNTIL LATE TONIGHT. If You Want Your Money Come and Get It!"
The sign was hung before the paint was dry. One customers said "If
you've got my money, I guess I really don't want it. But if you
haven't got it, then by heaven, I want it now and in full!". First
Security stayed open until 9:00pm and survived the panic. Two
months later the First National Bank reopened with substantial help
from Driscoll and the federal government.
JOSEPH ALBERT "JOE"
Burial Date: Jan. 22, 1993
Location: Section Q-149-1
Joe Albertson was
the founder of Albertson's supermarkets (he built one store into a
billion dollar chain) and a notable philanthropist.
After graduating from Caldwell High School in 1925, Albertson
studied business for two years at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.
While in college in 1927, he began his career in the grocery
industry as a clerk at a local Safeway store. In 1930, Joe married
his college classmate Kathryn McCurry, of Boise, Idaho.
Albertson quickly moved through the ranks with Safeway, until he
was supervising more than a dozen stores. But he was not satisfied
and wanted to start his own store-one that he could build to his
own specifications and manage his own way. With $5,000 of the money
he and Kathryn had saved, and with $7,500 borrowed from his wife's
aunt, Albertson formed a partnership with L.S. Skaggs, a former
Safeway division manager, and Tom Cuthbert, Skaggs' accountant. At
the age of 32, Albertson opened his store in 1939 on three
principles: quality, good value, and excellent service. Albertson
is credited as being one of the pioneers of the complete one-stop,
self-service supermarket concept.
Albertson opened his second and third Albertsons stores in Nampa
and Caldwell, Idaho in 1940. During the years of World War II, when
food was being rationed, he filled the empty shelves with health
and beauty products, general household goods and other non-food
Albertson's reputation for generosity and community involvement
grew during those war years. His stores promoted war bonds and
sponsored scrap drives that collected aluminum, steel, fats, and
paper for recycling. Albertson's generosity continued
throughout the years, with the College of Idaho receiving many
donations from Joe and Kathryn and ultimately changing it's name to
the Albertson College of Idaho for sixteen years from 1991 to 2007.
Perhaps the most obvious gift to the citizens of Boise is the
41-acre Kathryn Albertson Park with its winding walkways,
wildflowers, trees and ponds.
In 1966, Joe and Kathryn established the J.A. and Kathryn
Albertson Foundation as a way to administer their own charitable
giving. They focused their giving primarily on education,
which was important to Joe and Kathryn because neither were able to
finish college during the Great Depression. Since then, the
foundation has given more than $240 million to Idaho's communities
and education systems. The foundation continues to give to
charities, primarily in areas where Joe and Kathryn lived or worked
JOHN TRACY MORRISON
Memorial Date: December 24, 1915
Location: Section E-144-2
graduated from Cornell Law School in 1890 and moved to Caldwell,
ID, where he became a successful attorney and an active member of
the local Presbyterian Church. In 1891, Morrison was influential in
founding the College of Idaho and served as an original faculty
member, teaching English and history. In 1893 he became a member of
the school's board of trustees.
Governor Idaho Republicans nominated Morrison as their
gubernatorial candidate in 1902. He was elected by defeating the
Democratic incumbent, Frank W. Hunt. Morrison sought reelection in
1904, but Republicans declined to nominate him for a second term,
instead supporting Frank R. Gooding. Upon leaving office Morrison
returned to his Caldwell law practice.
CPL. DAN D.
Memorial Date: September 24, 1973
Location: Field of Honor II (FH2) - Memory Row
The Medal of
Honor is the highest award for military valor that can be conferred
by the government of the United States. It is personally given by
the President for "individual gallantry at the risk of life above
and beyond the call of duty". Dan Schoonover was the second
recipient of the Medal of Honor at Morris Hill Cemetery for his
actions on July 8th, 9th and 10th of 1953 in the Korean war. He was
a corporal in the U.S. Army, in charge of an engineer demolition
squad attached to a company that was sent to dislodge the enemy
from a vital hill. Realizing that the heavy fighting made it
impossible to accomplish his mission, he used his unit as a rifle
squad and they fought their way up the barren hillside. When an
artillery round exploded nearby, he ran forward, killed an enemy
soldier and took one prisoner. He later ran through a hail of fire,
hurling grenades into the nearest door, ran to the doorway and
emptied his pistol, killing the remainder of the enemy. His brave
action enabled our troops to continue their advance to the top of
the hill. When they counterattacked, he constantly exposed himself
to fire in order to direct his men. Even though his company was
relieved early the next morning, he voluntarily remained and manned
a machine gun for several hours until he himself was mortally
wounded. His heroic leadership during two days of heavy fighting,
exceptional personal bravery and willing self sacrifice inspired
his comrades and saved many lives, reflecting lasting glory upon
himself and upholding the honored traditions of the military
service. His body is missing and not recovered, but a memorial
plaque was placed by his family in the Field of Honor section of
Morris Hill Cemetery.
Burial Date: December 9, 1913
Location: Section E-146-5
Artist" In a glass case on the second floor of the state capitol
building, there is a gilded equestrian statue of George Washington.
Known as the Charles Ostner statue, it was carved from pine over a
four year period by an Austrian immigrant who first modeled the
piece in snow while working as a miner in the Florence Basin. To
obtain Washington's likeness, Ostner used a U.S. postage stamp. He
gave the statue to Idaho Territory in 1869; it stood outside on the
capitol grounds for sixty five years before it was restored and
brought indoors. The legislature granted the sculptor $2,500 for
his effort. He also crafted several unique monuments for Pioneer
Cemetery which the Idaho Historical Society now retains for
COL. JOHN GREEN
Burial Date - August 25, 1909
Col. Green received the medal of honor on November 18, 1897 for his
actions at the Lava Beds, California on January 17, 1873 during the
Indian Wars. At that time he was a Major in the first U.S. Cavalry.
"In order to reassure his command, this officer, in the most
fearless manner and exposed to very great danger, walked in front
of the line; the command thus encouraged, advanced over the lava
upon the Indians who were concealed among the rocks." Even though
he never held a higher rank than Lieut. Colonel in the Army, to
Boisians, the German born Green would always be referred to as
General Green. It is safe to say that no military man was ever
better known or more popular in Idaho's capitol.
Burial Date: September 22, 1916
Location: Section A-13-A
LAURA M. CUNNINGHAM
Burial Date: August 19, 1963
Location: Section A-10-5
Founder of the Idaho First National Bank, C. W. Moore was also
president of the water company and his was the first house (located
on Warm Springs Avenue) in the country to be heated by natural hot
water (geothermal). His daughter, Laura Cunningham, donated the
five acre arboretum behind her home (also on Warm Springs Avenue)
to the City of Boise.
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MORRIS HANS KNUDSEN
Burial Date: November 22, 1942
Location: Section B-48-4
HARRY W. MORRISON
Burial Date: July 22, 1971
Location: Section B-48-7
Morris Knudsen, a
Danish immigrant and Nebraska farmer, came to Idaho in 1905 to work
on the New York Canal with a team of horses and a fresno scraper.
On the project, the fifty year old Knudsen met twenty seven year
old Harry Morrison, who had started as a timekeeper on the Minidoka
Dam on the Snake River and was now a concrete superintendent for
the Reclamation Service - "the two hit it off like finger and
thumb". In 1912, with $600 in capital, a few horses and scrapers,
and a dozen wheelbarrows, they decided to form their own
During World War II, Morrison-Knudsen built airfields, storage
depots, and ships; it expanded into foreign construction - an
effort that now includes over sixty countries.
Burial Date: April 19, 1954
Location: Section C-8-1
The bomb slayer
of a score of men in mine labor violence at the turn of the
century, died and was buried at Morris Hill Cemetery after nearly
50 years of imprisonment. He was 88 years old.
A trustee who was permitted to live outside the Idaho State
Penitentiary for years, Orchard was brought back inside the walls
when he suffered a stroke in 1953. He became bedfast for three
months then lapsed into a coma one week before he died in the
His career as a killer ended with the dynamite slaying of former
Idaho Governor, Frank Steunenberg at Caldwell on December 30, 1905
and his confession led to one of the most celebrated trials of the
early twentieth century. He was the last survivor of the famous
participants in this trial - Clarence E. Darrow, William E. Borah
and William D. (Big Bill) Haywood.
Steunenberg incurred the wrath of the Western Federation of
Miners Union when he called in federal troops to quell labor
violence in the north Idaho mining district in 1899. Unmanageable
miners were herded into bullpens, but Orchard escaped this
confinement by hiking over the hills to Montana. He became a
vagabond dynamiter, killing mine owners, non-union men and public
officials who opposed the federation in California, Colorado and
Haywood, Secretary Treasurer of the union; Charles Moyer,
President, and G. A. Pettibone, Director, were arrested in Denver
on secretly drawn extradition warrants and brought to Boise. The
State and U.S. Supreme Courts held that although their arrest and
transportation might have been illegal, they had to stand trial for
murder once they were in Idaho.
Darrow, later to become famous as a defense attorney, assisted
in their defense while Borah, who had just been elected to the U.
S. Senate, was a special prosecutor.
Haywood and Pettibone were acquitted and the charge against
Moyer was dropped. Haywood later fled to Russia to avoid
prosecution for seditious conspiracy. He died there in 1928 and is
buried in the Kremlin.
After the trial, Orchard pleaded guilty and was sentenced to
hang. His sentence later was commuted to life. He was converted to
Christianity soon after his arrest, and in recent years wrote a
book in collaboration with Seventh Day Adventist church officials.
It was titled "Harry Orchard: The Man God Made Again".
(PEG LEG) ANNIE MORROW
Burial Date: September 14, 1934
Location: Section 4-48-8
During the gold rush, before the turn of the century, Annie
Morrow owned "houses of entertainment" in Atlanta and Rocky Bar.
She lost her feet from frost bite after being caught in a snow
storm (her traveling companion, Em, was not as lucky and perished).
Annie died of cancer at the age of 75 at the old St. Al's Hospital
and was buried here on September 14, 1934. She was a true Idaho
Pioneer woman, owning a business and mining claims during a time
when only the strong survived.
SENATOR BERT HENRY MILLER
Burial Date: October 13,1949
Location: Mausoleum A-4-1
graduated from Brigham Young University in 1901 and from Cumberland
School of Law at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, in
1902. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in St.
Anthony, ID in 1903, and was prosecuting attorney of Fremont
County, ID from 1912 to 1914.
Miller ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives
in 1914. He was elected Idaho Attorney General in 1932, and
reelected in 1934. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the
Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1936, and served for two
months in 1938 as Idaho's labor commissioner. He was an
unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1938 to the
Seventy-sixth Congress. He was an attorney in the Wage and Hour
Division of the U.S. Department of Labor at Seattle, WA in 1939 and
1940, and was attorney general of Idaho from 1940 to 1944. He was
elected a justice of the State Supreme Court in 1944.
Miller culminated his career by being elected to the United
States Senate in 1948, defeating Republican incumbent Henry
Dworshak. However, his post was short lived dying just nine months
after taking office. Governor C.A.A. Robins appointed Dworshak to
JAMES JESUS ANGLETON
Inurnment Date: June 29, 1987
Location: Section 6-45-4
Angleton was the retired director of counterintelligence for the
CIA, where he gained a reputation as a brilliant, tireless, single
minded and mysterious guardian of the nations secrets. He died of
cancer at the age of 69. When he resigned as number two man in the
CIA in 1975, the word was out that James Angleton had been
America's master spy for many years.
He was born in St. Al's hospital on December 9, 1917. The family
moved to Italy where in his teens, he became protg of the
internationally famous poet, Idaho-born Ezra Pound. Later when Jim
entered Yale, he and poet Reed Whitemore edited a quarterly of
original poetry called Furioso to which Pound was a contributor
along with E. E. Cummings and Archibald MacLeish.
After Harvard Law School, he joined the Army and entered the OSS
as an infantry sergeant. Four years later, after serving in Italy
(uncovering secret correspondence between Hitler and Mussolini,
among other things), he resigned in Washington, D.C. as a Major but
continued to serve through 31 years in OSS and CIA sensitive
In 1975 a Time magazine writer reported that dozens of
international spies have been caught in Angleton's net, among them
the real life Topaz. While with the CIA, Angleton was credited by
some with helping expose Kim Philby, the former high official of
Britain's (MI6 Secret Service) who fled to Moscow in 1963. In the
course of his career, he became one of the most celebrated
intelligence officers of his time. In early 1975, he had to resign
during controversy over the agency's domestic activities.
Stooped, lean, professorial and chain smoking, he wrote poetry,
grew orchids and tied fishing flies for relaxation.
GOVERNOR JAMES HENRY
Burial Date: August 7, 1929
Location: Section SJ4-32-4
James Henry and
Mary Elizabeth Hawley are buried in the Saint Johns section of
Morris Hill Cemetery. He arrived in Idaho in 1862, a 15 year old
miner seeking to make his fortune in the gold rush and went on to
become the state's most prominent lawyer. He had a reputation for
having tried more murder cases than any attorney in the country. A
Democrat, he was Mayor of Boise, Governor of Idaho and he ran
unsuccessfully for the U. S. Senate. Despite his well heeled
success, he never pulled off the knee high rubber boots he wore to
muck through the mines as a teen.
His nick name "the Gum-boot Lawyer" came from a judge in the
1870's who shouted: "No darn gum-boot lawyer can come down here
from Quartzburg and bulldoze this court!"
Born in Dubuque, Iowa, January 17, 1847, he tried to join the
Union Army in 1861. Rejected because of his youth, he stowed away
on a troop boat, but was discovered midstream and unceremoniously
sent ashore in a row boat. Instead, he went to San Francisco with
his uncle, James Carr, and followed him to the Idaho gold fields in
1862. He reached Lewiston in three weeks, swimming the Snake River
to save the $1 ferry toll. Then he moved on to the mining town of
Florence, home of 5,000 prospectors. Hawley sold his claims in 1865
and returned to San Francisco to earn his college degree. He
returned to the Boise Basin in 1868. As he was settling into Boise,
his future wife, Mary Elizabeth Bullock, was making her way west in
a covered wagon. In 1871 he received his law license and he and
Mary were married. She convinced him to quit mining and become a
full time lawyer. He was 23 years of age and this same year he was
elected to the Idaho House. He also served in the upper chamber,
introducing a bill for women's suffrage in the 1874-75 session. In
1886, he was appointed U.S. Attorney. Governor from 1911 until
1913, Hawley's administration established highway districts, the
State Board of Education, and a banking law.
Burial Date: 1932
Location: Section BI-5-5
Alexander became the first Jewish Governor in the United States. He
went on to earn a reputation for wit, eloquence and progressivism.
Alexander, who came to Boise a year after statehood to found a
men's clothing store, twice was elected Governor (as a Democrat)
and twice Mayor of Boise. As Governor, he started the state highway
system, workers' compensation and the State Insurance Commission.
He led the way for statewide prohibition in 1916. He vowed to save
After a statehouse visit, he said, "Not until I came to an
office marked 'Bee Inspector' did I fully realize how badly the
people of this state had been stung." He made good on his pledge,
calling for tax cuts, abolition and consolidation of agencies and a
cut in the governors salary. His most difficult test came during
strikes in the sawmills, woods and mines of Northern Idaho.
Sympathetic to labors demands, he resisted calls for martial law.
Finally he ordered 1000 troops north. No serious conflicts
When he died at the age of 78 in 1932, Alexander was warmly
eulogized. "Alexander had no superior", said Alfred Budge, Supreme
Court Chief Justice. "He was a superb statesman."
SENATOR FRANK FORRESTER
Burial Date: April 2, 1984
Location: Section Church-1-1
Was student body
president at Boise High and served Idaho for 24 years in the U.S.
Senate. He was elected to the Senate in 1956 at the age of 32 and
by the time he left 24 years later, he was one of the most senior
and respected members of the world's most powerful deliberative
Church entered Harvard Law School, but transferred to Stanford
University when he thought the cold Massachusetts winter was the
cause of a pain in his lower back. The pain did not go away and the
doctors soon diagnosed the problem as cancer. After removing glands
in his lower abdomen, he was given only a few months to live.
However, he rebounded from the illness after another doctor started
He graduated from law school in 1950 and returned to Idaho where
he began practicing law. Soon after he was elected to the Senate,
because of his work on the civil rights bill, then-Senate Majority
Leader Lyndon Johnson rewarded the young senator with a seat on the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
In 1964, Church was the floor sponsor of the National Wilderness
Act. In 1968 he sponsored the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and gained
passage of a ten year ban of federal plans to transfer water from
the Pacific Northwest to California. In 1973, Senator Church and
Senator Clifford Cast, R, New Jersey, sponsored legislation that
forced an end to the U.S. bombing of Cambodia. Working with other
Northwest congressmen, Church helped establish the Hells Canyon
National Recreation Area which protected the gorge from
dam-building. In January 1979, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of
becoming chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. In 1980,
Church won passage of the 2.2 million acre River of No Return
Wilderness Area, the largest wilderness area outside Alaska.
Church was 59 years old when he died at home after a three month
battle with cancer. He was married to Bethine Clark, the daughter
of Idaho's Democratic Governor, Chase Clark. The two became close
J.R. "JACK" SIMPLOT
Burial Date: May 30, 2008
Location: Section T-75-2
J.R. Simplot was the founder of the J.R.
Simplot Company, an agricultural supplier specializing in potato
products. J.R. began his career when he quit school in the eighth
grade, at age 14, leaving home to strike out on his own in 1923 to
work on a farm near Delco, Idaho. By World War II, the J.R. Simplot
Company had become the largest shipper of fresh potatoes in the
In 1945, Simplot established a canning and dehydrating
quick-freeze plant in which employees tested frozen potato
products. The Simplot Company is credited with pioneering the first
commercial frozen French fry in the late 1940s, with Simplot
establishing a patent for the invention in 1953.
In 1967, Simplot and McDonalds founder Ray Kroc agreed by hand
shake that the Simplot Company would provide frozen French fries to
the restaurant chain. By 1972, all McDonald's fries were frozen,
making the transition from fresh cut potatoes. The frozen fry deal
led to expansion of Simplot potato processing plants and
construction of a new plant at Hermiston, OR, in 1977. By 2005,
Simplot supplied more than half of all french fries for the fast
J.R. was involved in a number of other business ventures
including the financing of Brundage Mountain Ski Area near McCall,
ID (selling his 50% interest in 2006) and providing startup capital
in the early 1980s for the fledgling Micron Technology, a
Boise-based manufacturer of computer memory chips.
Simplot retired as president of his company in 1973, but
remained as chairman until 1994. He held the title of Chairman
Emeritus until his death in 2008. In 2001, Simplot received an
honorary degree from Utah State University honoring him for his
many contributions to the agricultural industry of America and,
particularly, the Intermountain West.
J.R. and his wife Esther have been very generous through the
years, giving to multiple charitable organizations including the
Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Ballet Idaho, Boise Art Museum, and
St. Luke's Children's Hospital. The couple also donated their
signature hilltop home, in Boise's north end, to the State of Idaho
in 2005 for use as a governor's mansion, now known as "The Idaho
House", as well as purchased and donated a 55-acre parcel of Boise
River front property to the City of Boise in 2003, which will
eventually be developed as Esther Simplot Park.
Burial Date: November 11, 1972
Location: Section Q-46-3
Owen studied at
Sir Herbert Tree's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his
professional debut in 1905. He came to the United States from
England in 1920 and worked on Broadway. He later moved to
Hollywood, where he began a lengthy film career.
Owen is perhaps best known today for his performance as Ebenezer
Scrooge in the 1938 film version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas
Carol. Owen also was one of only three actors (Patrick Macnee and
Jeremy Brett are the others) who played both Sherlock Holmes and
Dr. Watson in film and/or television. Owen first played Watson in
the 1932 film Sherlock Holmes, and then Holmes himself in 1933's A
Study in Scarlet.
Later in his career, Owen appeared opposite James Garner in the
television series Maverick in the episodes "The Belcastle Brand"
(1957) and "Gun-Shy" (1958), and also in the Walt Disney movies
Mary Poppins (1964) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).
GOVERNOR JOHN MICHINER
Burial Date: June 07, 1917
Location: Section B-129-3
born in Jasper County, Iowa, on January 1, 1863. After finishing
three years at Penn College (a sectarian institution for the Quaker
faith), Haines withdrew from school due to ill health. He moved to
Richfield, Kansas and started a career in the real estate industry.
Haines entered politics as a member of the Republican State Central
Committee. He also served as Morton County's deputy clerk, and in
1889 was elected register of deeds. In 1890, he moved to Idaho and
established a real estate business in Boise. Returning to public
service, Haines served as Boise's mayor from 1907 to 1909. He won
the 1912 Republican gubernatorial nomination and was sworn into the
governor's office on January 6, 1913. During his tenure, he
advocated a consolidated control system of educational
establishments and a public utilities commission. Also, the state
board of education was created, a workmen's compensation bill was
vetoed, Power County was founded, and an appropriation of $1,200
dollars was sanctioned for former-Governor Willey, who had become
destitute. After losing his reelection bid, Haines retired from
politics, and returned to his real estate business.
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